If you’re a new parent, you’ve probably already discovered that small children travel anything but light. Which in turn may lead you to worry that the boot of your current car is no longer going to be big enough for everything you now need to carry. However, before you head off to get a car valuation in order to part exchange your present wheels for something bigger, we might have at least part of a solution for you with this list of three of the best folding pushchairs.

Of all the baby stuff you now need to carry on a regular basis, you’ll probably find that the pushchair takes up the most space. Fortunately, buggy manufacturers have been working on this problem for years now, and some of the latest models can be made very compact indeed.

Better yet, these super-folding travel systems are now available for newborns as well as older children. So even if you’re a brand-new parent you should be able to find something that will fit in the boot of your car – in fact, all three of the main picks here are suitable from birth.

Three of the best folding pushchairs for compact cars

Lejoux Baby Pushchair Stroller

Best folding pushchair on a budget

The Lejoux Baby Pushchair stroller is the cheapest on our list, available at less than £150. But it still folds down to a super-compact size, and can be wheeled around like a suitcase thanks to its extendable handle. Better yet, it’s quick and easy to assemble, and despite its small size is suitable for a child up to 15kg in weight, as well as packing a useful storage area beneath the seat.

Lots of colour choices
Five-point harness

Non-adjustable handlebars
Suitable for up to 15kg only

Folded dimensions: 66x48x98cm
Suitable: from birth to 15kg
Weight: 8kg
Price: from £150

Nuna Triv Pushchair – Riveted

Best premium compact pushchair choice

The Nuna Triv Pushchair has made a bit of a name for itself in celebrity circles, having been lauded by the Kardashians, among others. It combines luxury materials and a high-quality feel with an effective folding mechanism, meaning you don’t have to compromise comfort. It’s also a travel system, so you can get a compatible carrycot as well – but you will need to pay for the privilege.

Trendy brand
Luxury materials
Carry cot available

No cup holder
Relatively heavy

Folded dimensions: 32x52x65cm
Suitable: from birth to 22kg
Weight: 10kg
Price: from £749

Cosatto Woosh 3

Best for stylish eco consciousness

Cosatto is very well known for its funky fabrics and bright-coloured accents, but the Woosh 3 takes this British brand in another interesting direction. It’s the first of the firm’s ethically friendly ranges, using recycled material for the fabric and vegan leather for the handlebar covers. Add all that to a high 25kg max weight rating and a cleverly compact design, and it’s a real winner for us.

Bold design
Telescopic handle

Not great on rough terrain
May be too bright for some

Folded dimensions: 65x40x50cm
Suitable: from birth to 25kg
Weight: 7.2kg
Price: from £200

Also consider

Bugaboo Butterfly

Super-compact – but not suitable from birth

If you don’t need a travel system for a newborn but do want to minimise the amount of space your buggy takes up, the Bugaboo Butterly is well worth a look for its super-compact folding dimensions. Suitable from six months upwards, it’s so small it will fit in the overhead compartment of an aircraft when collapsed, and can be used with plenty of other car seats via adaptors.

Very compact
Clear safety indicators
Chassis can be used with other car seats

Does not fully recline
Not suitable for newborns

Folded dimensions: 45x23x54cm
Suitable: from approx. six months to 22kgs
Weight: 7.3kg
Price: from £395